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SynthNes converts your Nintendo NES console into a synthesizer

The synth features 5 audio channels which can be controlled and manipulated

  • Gemma Ross
  • 25 February 2022
SynthNes converts your Nintendo NES console into a synthesizer

A brand new app is promising to transform your old Nintendo Entertainment System into a fully functioning synthesiser.

The free application from developers Avicr, titled SynthNes, allows the user to convert the old game console or replica versions into a MIDI-capable synth, allowing five audio channels to be controlled and manipulated.

“I've created a free NES ROM that runs on an Everdrive N8 Pro flashcart, and an app that runs on a PC that can transform your NES into a MIDI-capable synthesizer,” announced boutique developers Avicr via Reddit.

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Each NES audio channel can be controlled via MIDI or a virtual keyboard, with a range of features and a promise of some “hidden surprises” from the developers.

“It's a ton of fun to play with so if you have an old NES (or clone equivalent), an Everdrive N8 Pro flashcart, and a PC, give it a try,” they said.

According to Avicr, the synthesiser will also become “expandable” by connecting more NESs and will feature a number of presets to use.

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The app will also feature an “easy to use PC interface”, modulation, automation, polyphonic operation, unison mode, and animated graphics.

The PC app format has also been designed to “handle complex calculations (such as modulation) and MIDI input. The PC app also provides an easy to use interface for manipulating the various parameters of the NES’s sound chip,” according to Avicr.

A video showing the prototype version in use is now available to watch via YouTube. Watch the clip below, and find out more information on the new SnythNes here.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter

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